You might have noticed the aussieED website has been given a makeover. There’s a lot of changes and it’s not all cosmetic. So let’s take a look at what’s new!

The Homepage

One of the big goals for aussieED is to engage with as many educators as possible, including all of the teachers who aren’t on Twitter (which, let’s face it, would be most of us). Our homepage now links to the rest of the website and includes latest blog posts and other content. A few glances at the homepage will let you know what aussieED is about and what the latest content is. I’m hopeful this helps everyone to engage more with the aussieED community.

Twitter Wall

If you’re an educator on Twitter, it’s likely you espouse the benefits of Twitter to your colleagues just as we do. The #aussieED Twitter feed and Sunday night Twitter chat will always be the bread and butter of aussieED and so we want to help more teachers get on to Twitter. For this, we have the #aussieED Twitter wall. Using TwineSocial, the wall gives an overview of tweets on the aussieED hashtag. Unfortunately, it’s only updated once every 24 hours. I’ve shown it to a few teachers who’ve said,”Oh, so this is what aussieED is!”.

Blog

We still have the blog. It’s what brings people to the website and we hope we can continue to have fantastic guest bloggers share their magic with us!

The latest blog posts continue to be at the top of any page but related and random posts will pop up here and there so you can catch things you’re interested in.

Meet the Innovators

I’m always blown away by Brett’s ability to connect with awesome people and Meet the Innovators is such a fantastic way to bring these people and their fresh thinking to everybody. I felt like this great project needed more of a spotlight and I hope the website does that to some extent.

aussieEDcast

The aussieEDcast is shiny-new and already Nick, Kimberley and Brett have shared some fantastic conversations via podcast with the likes of Tom Barrett, Mark Weston (@shiftparadigm) and Doug Robertson (The Weird Teacher)! I’m excited to see where they can take it next!

Events

This is one of those small side projects that come out of your own frustrations. I’m always wondering what conferences are happening and when. Most of the time, I can’t afford the time or money to go but at least I’d like to keep track of them and engage with what’s happening via Twitter. The Events Calendar displays education conferences that are happening across Australia. You can view them on a Google Map, a monthly calendar or an agenda list. We’ve also added some student events to the mix and I hope there’s more of these to come. Student events like Young ICT Explorers really add to authentic learning in primary and secondary schooling and can be milestone events in students’ lives. The more that teachers have access to upcoming events, the better!

The Rest

We still have all of the same content including a Storify for just about every #aussieED chat we’ve ever had. As well as that, you’ll find it’s a bit nicer to comment on the site. If you have a gravatar set up (eg. through a WordPress account), your avatar will turn up alongside your comment. It’s all a bit more personal. 🙂 There are also links to our Google+ Page and YouTube channel. If you use those networks, you might like to follow us there as well.

For the most part, the new website is about helping to connect a community of people that want to learn from each other. If it goes some way towards that, then it was worth it.

About The Author

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Rob McTaggart teaches Technologies from K-6 in Newcastle, Australia. He is co-founder of the Digital Sparks regional student technology design challenge & expo. Rob is a Google for Education Certified Innovator who loves to help students to engage and create with the world using technology. He developed the RAPID Design framework to support students and teachers in these aims. Rob is a moderator for #aussieED and plays a logistics role for the team, managing the website and various channels. He is an ambassador and teacher trainer for Code Club Australia and runs a local Code Club for his students. His main gig is teaching 550 amazing kids every week which makes him a very lucky teacher!

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